Debating the Freedoms America Promotes (video)

January 9, 2013 by  

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On October 18, 2012 a panel of noted experts with differing points of view debated the question “Is the Promotion of International LGBT Rights Given Greater Priority than the Promotion of International Religious Freedom?”. Specifically, the participants considered (1) whether the active promotion of LGBT rights around the world has diminished the United States’ dedication to promoting religious freedom abroad, (2) to what extent, if any, these two concepts are mutually exclusive, (3) what political implications has this had for the United States—both domestically and internationally, and (4) what role should and does American public opinion play in shaping international diplomacy on issues of religious freedom and LGBT rights.


Thomas FarrDirector, Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University

Austin RusePresident, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)

James KirchickFellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Tad StahnkeDirector of Policy and Programs, Human Rights First

Robert Reilly (chair), Former Director, Voice of America

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